Most gadgets and tools you buy work the way they are supposed to, but sometimes they don’t.
Sometimes you can get a great deal on a product, but sometimes being cheap will cost you and you will only end up paying more in the end.
We compiled a list of gadgets and tools that you should not skimp on when it comes to making a purchase. We also provided you with some recommendations on what you should get instead.
Here are 10 gadgets and tools you should not be cheap about:
- Over the Ear Headphones: Headphones are already expensive but cheap headphones are more expensive. Cheap headphones won’t last as long and you will only end up paying more money because you have to buy them more often when the speakers short and go out. For recommendations on quality headphones you should buy, check out what headphones the best DJ’s in the world use.
- Anti-Virus Software: Any smart PC user knows that protecting your PC is a matter of life and death for your computer. To entice consumers these days, a lot of companies are offering hot deals on cheap anti-virus software that either comes way discounted or free with your purchase of a new computer. Don’t be fooled. If you dropped serious money on your computer you should not be cheap about it’s security. Norton and Kaspersky are two great choices that offer solid protection for your computer.
- High-Speed Internet: You will hate your life if you mess up your Wireless Internet access. Slow, inconsistent, and laggy Internet will ruin all of your digital plans. In other words, speed matters. A name brand associated with quality also matters. All of this will differ depending on your region but if you are a heavy Internet user 12mbps (megabits per second) should do the trick.
- Tripod: This may seem random but trust us from experience, being cheap about your tripod will cost you dearly in the end. Particularly when your $2,000 dollar camera falls off of it. If you spent a ton of money on your camera it goes without saying that you should not be cheap about how you mount it. For amateur photographers, this tripod from Sunpak is a good deal.
- Smartphone insurance: This is simple, yes you should get smartphone insurance. Think about how much you use your smartphone and how easily you could drop it, break it, or have it stolen. Now think about how much replacing a broken smartphone is going to cost you. Even crappy flip phones go for over $200 when you’re not up for an update. So save yourself the headache and get a smartphone insurance plan. Just make sure you actually know what the plan covers. For example, many plans don’t cover water damage. Also remember to sign up within the set number of days your carrier allows you to.
- Data Plan: Be smart about the data plan you choose. Think about why you bought your phone and what you would like to use it for. Then think about how often and when and where you would be using the phone. If you are always in a wifi spot, which is free and unlimited, then you can afford to purchase less data. If you use your smartphone often when you are not in a wifi spot though, like while you are riding the train, then you need to factor that in. At the very least purchase 2GB of data but you’re better off giving yourself room to grow by purchasing somewhere between 5-10 GB of data.
- Smartphone Case: Simply put, get one. Don’t wait until you dropped your phone on the street and cracked it to do so. Also, get one that actually protects your phone. You can get a great case for a large variety of prices. Miniinthebox has a large variety of cases for you to choose from.
- What tablet you buy: Getting a Kindle Fire because you don’t want to pay $500 for an iPad is not a smart choice. Getting a Kindle Fire is very different than buying an iPad. They have very different uses. You should get an iPad if you want access to Apples extensive collection of apps that will give you a ton of power in your tablet. Conversely, you should purchase a Kindle Fire for access to Amazon’s Amazon Prime for media content like Movies, TV, and Music. Know what functions your tablet has and is really meant to be used for before you invest any money.
- Digital media subscription service: In case you haven’t noticed, your favourite illegal video sites are getting shut down left and right. The government has discovered that it doesn’t really need controversial privacy laws to shut down sites that are notorious for their piracy of copyrighted works. If you didn’t buy cable because you could find your favourite shows for free you should prepare for all of that to change. It’s time to upgrade to a digital subscription plan. HuluPlus is a great option that is acquiring more shows all the time.